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What are the symptoms of an atrial septal defect?

Many children have no symptoms and seem healthy. However, if the ASD is large, permitting a large amount of blood to pass through to the right side of the heart, the right atrium, right ventricle, and lungs will become overworked, and symptoms may be noted.

The following are the most common symptoms of atrial septal defect. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
  • child tires easily when playing
  • fatigue
  • sweating
  • rapid breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • poor growth

    The symptoms of an atrial septal defect may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
  • More information on atrial septal defect

    What is an atrial septal defect? - An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a group of congenital heart diseases that involve the inter-atrial septum of the heart. The inter-atrial septum is the tissue that separates the right and left atria from each other.
    What causes atrial septal defect (ASD)?
    - Some congenital heart defects may have a genetic link, either occurring due to a defect in a gene, a chromosome abnormality, or environmental exposure, causing heart problems to occur more often in certain families.
    What are types of atrial septal defects? - There are many types of atrial septal defects. They are differentiated from each other by whether they involve other structures of the heart and how they are formed during the developmental process during early fetal development.
    What are the symptoms of an atrial septal defect? - Many children have no symptoms and seem healthy. However, if the ASD is large, permitting a large amount of blood to pass through to the right side of the heart, the right atrium, right ventricle, and lungs will become overworked, and symptoms may be noted.
    How is an atrial septal defect diagnosed? - Most individuals with a significant ASD are diagnosed in utero or in early childhood with the use of ultrasonography or auscultation of the heart sounds during physical examination.
    What are treatment options for atrial septal defect? - An atrial septal defect is most commonly closed by open-heart surgery. The surgeon may be able to directly close the hole with sutures or, depending on the size and shape of the hole, may need to close it with a patch.
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